United States Citizenship and Immigration Services is moving the existing online payment for the USCIS Immigrant Fee to its Electronic Immigration System (USCIS ELIS). Customers will soon pay the $165 USCIS Immigrant Fee using USCIS ELIS after they have received their immigrant visa package from the Department of State (DOS) and before they depart for the United States. USCIS ELIS is easy to use and provides direct access to case status updates. New immigrant will also use USCIS ELIS to file future applications and petitions when they become available in the system.
This Immigrant Fee has been in place since February 1, 2013. Immigrants who receive their visas at United States Embassies or Consulates abroad must pay the fee online. The fee allows USCIS to recover the cost of processing the immigrant visa package and other information as well as producing and delivering the Permanent Resident Card (“Green Card”) after immigrant visa holders are admitted to the United States. Immigrants will soon be directed to the USCIS ELIS website to create an online account and pay the immigrant fee.
The fee does not apply to certain special immigrants and those entering the United States through the inter-country adoption program. To see whether the Immigrant Fee applies to you or not, contact JCS Immigration and Visa Law Office for a FREE consultation.
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